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Kerry

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Helping students is what I do. I've been working with students for almost a half-decade now, and the one lesson I've learned about myself in that time is that helping others makes me feel as if I am helping the world. While that might seem like a grand application for my small role, I like to imagine that being a positive ambassador of education spreads good faith through those I reach and teach. That's why I want to help Varsity Tutors: to continue working for the betterment of society.

My qualifications are broad yet applicable. My bachelor's is in humanities, with a formal minor in history and a professional writing certificate in English. My master's includes focused studies in writing pedagogy, course design, and teaching using digital technologies. My blend of digital expertise, honed by experience in digitizing materials for the WSU Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections, and enthusiasm for the teaching and learning of languages make me uniquely qualified to teach students preparing for success using English as a second language in person or online.

I hope I can help Varsity Tutors help others.

Kerry’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Washington State University - Bachelors, Humanities

Graduate Degree: Washington State University - Masters, Rhetoric and Composition

Hobbies

I enjoy reading, sports, exercise, and spending time outdoors with my golden retriever.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

History

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay

IB Language B

IB Language B HL

IB Language B SL

IB Theory of Knowledge

Languages

Persuasive Writing

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Social studies

Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

Vocabulary

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

The opportunity to help students develop sound writing skills motivates me to continually develop myself as a language teacher. I intend to share various methods with students for decoding language, making inferences, and otherwise grasping meaning so they are better able to succeed in language and social science settings.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I begin with basic introductions whether online or in person. A typical first session starts with the student bringing me up to speed on progress or expectations for our session(s). Then, we look at relevant materials and come up with a plan for our time.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I encourage students to build on their own ideas so they begin to see the value of the thoughts they already have, which I believe is one of the keys to growth as a student and writer. Also, by asking questions, I am able to use ideas provided directly from students to point out the significance or usefulness of the ideas or understandings they possess to any given topic we cover.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I try to bring up the most interesting points about history when that is the area of study, and when talking about language and writing, I use my imagination to model how language can be used for whatever purpose one intends. These methods keep students awake and interested, which in turn leads to better learning outcomes. Beyond the immediate learning experience, I offer students pointers on what to focus on so they don't lose sight of the goals they are trying to achieve. Education is a wonderful thing, so sometimes students just need to be reminded of that fact!

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I am willing to try to discuss a skill or concept in as many ways as I can think of in order to help students understand and succeed.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I go over a number of reading strategies with students in order to help them find methods that work for them when it comes to reading efficiently and effectively.